Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello, and thank you for having us! We’ve been doing very well, especially considering how well received our video for “Cadence and Carousel” has been. Also, thank you so much for featuring the release in an article! We couldn’t appreciate it more.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cadence and Carousel”?
Cadence is the first song we wrote as a band. I stood in our practice room and listened while they played the song (which was incomplete and unstructured at the time) and immediately felt I could write to it. As the song began to climax, the words “and so we make our rounds” kept playing in my head. One week had passed before we practiced again, by then I had already written all the lyrics. After practicing the full song for the first time, it was clear we were on to something. The song morphed a bit and adopted the structure it has now, with one difference: the intro. Paul had suggested I write a somber intro that consisted of just vocals and guitar that would lead into the abrupt beginning of the chorus. And so, Cadence and Carousel was born.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
There are multiple influences in this song. The intro is based heavily off of “Shadow Over Innsmouth” by H.P. Lovecraft, a story about an old fishing village who’s residents are drawn to the sea where an underwater city awaits them. My intention was to show the lengths you will go through to be with the person you love. The song itself is about a wedding, specifically the first dance. I had proposed to my long time girlfriend (now wife) less than a year before writing this song, so marriage was a personal subject for me. Of course I was excited and happy to be getting married, but I worried about what I could provide to the relationship. The song speaks to that anxiety.
How was the film experience?
For me, a mixture of feelings. Most of it was great. Standing in a makeshift coffin, wrapped head-to-toe in yarn and Christmas lights, FOR TWO HOURS, was grueling, but worth it. A lot of the credit goes to Kyle. He worked tirelessly to craft those papier mache heads and they turned out great. The idea of having to save me from an alternate dimension was his, too (inspired by Stranger Things). Big thanks to Chris “’Macho Man’ Randy Savage” Bailey (he requested I call him that) for playing the Reaper and improvising by crafting a scythe and then going off script and breaking it over his knee. Another big thanks to Pete McCool for shooting and producing the video. You guys are awesome!
The single comes off your new album Moving On – what’s the story behind the title?
We threw around a bunch of different ideas for the title – admittedly, some were horrible. Moving On was selected because of how genuine that sentiment has been for each of us at different times in our lives. The period between birth and death has peaks and valleys, Moving On is about acknowledging unfamiliar paths.
How was the recording and writing process?
Writing was an interesting process for me. As a solo artist, I would first have words and a melody in my head, then add guitar later. This was the exact opposite. The guys worked out the riffs first, then I wrote lyrics and a melody to them, then we structured the songs. It’s completely changed how I approach writing. Recording was a great experience. Pat Hills of Earth Tone Studios did a fantastic job. He didn’t even complain (that I know of) when I returned a month later to rerecord some vocals.
How has Jawbreaker and At The Drive In influence your writing?
Musically, each group had as much of an imprint on us as any other artist with punk roots. In terms of song writing, both bands have a certain ethic that we admire and try to emulate; do whatever you feel, however you want – full stop.
What aspect of relationships did you get to explore on this record?
Many different aspects, ranging from the cliché love songs to complete apathy. The song Bad Grammar explores the anger you feel when a relationship ends, not the sadness. Blueprints explores bettering yourself and trying your hardest to help, and if you can’t succeed, well, at least you tried. I never write anything I wouldn’t say or don’t actually feel. In this way, my lyrics are a glimpse into who I truly am. I learned a lot about myself while writing this record.
Any plans to hit the road?
A tour has definitely been discussed. It might happen sooner than later, but we’ll see how it goes.
What else is happening next in VVomen’s world?
No rest for the wicked. We’re already writing more songs and planning more releases. Stay tuned for more!
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